The Library is Closed

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Pexels.com Two weeks before school started, two weeks before the School Board mandated "Open as usual. 100% capacity. Full time," I was told that in an effort to keep class sizes down, I was being moved out of the library and into a middle school teaching block and that the … Continue reading The Library is Closed

Talent Show Try-Outs: 2019

Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com (Tonight I found this sitting unfinished in my drafts from last May.  I read it and just smiled.  I needed this now, a memory of when thing were "normal.") Happy May!  For me, May means I can see the end of school year *just* a little bit down the road!  … Continue reading Talent Show Try-Outs: 2019

Thank you Mo Willems

Oh My Gosh you guys!! Mo Willems came out with a new Pigeon book this summer. And I ordered it. And I got to read it to my classes the first day. And the fifth graders loved it even more than Kindergartners. It was amazing!! Older kids, fifth graders were raised on Mo Willems. If … Continue reading Thank you Mo Willems

Checking In

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I took three graduate level courses this summer. I traveled this summer. Three times. We had 14 people stay with us in four different visits this summer. Visits from parents, from in-laws, from children and grandchildren. Warm summer days cooking, laughing, adventuring or simply tossing pebbles into the ocean. I … Continue reading Checking In

Movin’ On

Barbara, a really good friend and colleague retired at the end of this school year - just two days ago. She was the one I ate lunch with religiously.  The one I team taught with for years.  The one I went to for ideas, for advice and to vent.  She noticed when I was wearing … Continue reading Movin’ On

Almost Grown Up

Today the graduating seniors came back to their former elementary schools and walked the halls in their caps and gowns to the cheers of the whole school! It is an awesome new tradition that I hope keeps up. At one point a little kindergartner shyly tapped my arm, looking at them in awe. “Are they … Continue reading Almost Grown Up

Paper Cranes

  In a little foray away from the whole poetry thing, I would like to give an update to what has been going on in the library! In late March, in anticipation of visiting students from our sister city in Japan, I blew the dust off our origami books and taught the kids how to … Continue reading Paper Cranes

Cheesy Goodness

Right now I am eating a grilled cheese sandwich.  In the morning.  At school. On Friday.  Friday is grilled cheese for breakfast day. For adults.  For kids.  For anyone who is hungry.  Kids get off the bus, grab a sandwich and eat the cheesy goodness then go out to play. Other days it is oatmeal.  … Continue reading Cheesy Goodness

Close Call in the Library

Just a little anecdote from my day that is too long for facebook, but made me laugh... It is first grade library time, they enter right after recess and sit on the carpet ready to hear a story. That is when I noticed the brown substance on the carpet. "Freeze everyone, Freeze!" Eyeing the substance … Continue reading Close Call in the Library

To Be “On Fleek”

I hesitated when I saw this prompt - Fleek.  It took me right back to one of the last years I was in the classroom.  And this simple prompt reminded me of what I miss about being in the classroom. Over the years I found some really tried and true activities.  One of them was … Continue reading To Be “On Fleek”